Our Staff

Meet the people who work very hard to make Ilfracombe Church of England Junior School the happy place it is. Click on each title to reveal the staff within.

We asked each of our staff the following three questions:

  • What are your hopes & dreams for the year ahead?

  • What is your favourite children's book?

  • Can you describe something you are most proud of?

Senior Leadership

Responsibilities:

Head Teacher


Bio:

I hope that our Living and Learning Festival is bigger, better and even more fabulous this year and I believe it will be with such talented children and staff! My favourite children’s book is "Kensuke’s Kingdom." It's an amazing adventure in which a young boy is shipwrecked on an island. Here, he comes into contact with an orang-utan and Kensuke, an honourable, Japanese Doctor and survivor from World War 11. A beautiful connection grows between the three of them as they survive life on the island together. At this moment in time I am proud of learning to play the ukulele. I can now play "Fly to the Moon," "Hallelujah," "Will you love me tomorrow" and "Kum-ba-ya," although Mrs Darke has told me that she does not easily recognise them!


Responsibilities:

Deputy Head Teacher


Bio:

I'm really hoping that in the next year I will have a new grandchild and my other daughter will pass her probationary time with the Surrey police. I've always loved reading books to children and my favourite children's book is "The Butterfly Lion" by Michael Morpurgo. Recently, I've overcome my fear of driving on motorways when I was forced to drive on the M25 with a slow puncture during rush hour, something that I'm secretly proud of!!


Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 3
Year Head: Years 3 & 4

Bio:

My hopes and dreams are that all the children in years 3 & 4 have a really successful and enjoyable time.

"The Gruffalo" is my favourite children's book, I love the rhyming couplets! I am a big fan of lots of the books by Julia Donaldson.

Outside of school, I love walking my dog Pippie, spending time with my friends and travelling.

I am really proud of my successes so far as I have completed a degree and now work in a career that I love!


Responsibilities:

Bursar


Bio:

I am hoping to make lots of savings on the new solar panels we are having fitted at our home although I am anticipating spending lots of time being cold and in the dark as my husband will no doubt be switching everything off! My favourite children's books were the Famous Five stories by Enid Blyton - George was my childhood heroine! I am very proud of my four children who are all amazing and surprise me all the time with the things that they do and achieve.


Responsibilities:

Assistant Head
Year Head: Year 5

Bio:

I'm really looking forward to the possibility of our school team winning the North Devon Tag Rugby festival this year (as well as improving my golf game but this might be a bit harder). I love to read and my favourite book has to be 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes - it has a great twist at the end! I am always proud of how hard the pupils in year 6 work and also whenever my football team wins - Come on you Spurs!


Responsibilities:

Assistant Head
Teacher: Specialist

Bio:

One of my favourite children's books is called 'The Whale Song' telling the story of a young girl listening to the music created by the whales out in the ocean. Music is a really important part of my life. I love playing the violin and creating music with every child at our school, singing together and exploring a wide variety of instruments in our amazing music room. I also enjoy being outdoors, walking on the beach and camping with my family. I feel incredibly lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area - something I will never take for granted.


Year 3

Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 3
Teacher: Year Head

Bio:

My hopes and dreams are that all the children in years 3 & 4 have a really successful and enjoyable time.

"The Gruffalo" is my favourite children's book, I love the rhyming couplets! I am a big fan of lots of the books by Julia Donaldson.

Outside of school, I love walking my dog Pippie, spending time with my friends and travelling.

I am really proud of my successes so far as I have completed a degree and now work in a career that I love!


Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 3


Bio:

My hopes this year are for 4LC to be the best that they can be! My favourite children's book is most definitely The Jolly Postman. You can have hours of fun with it! I'm most proud of my amazing class, what a bunch of superstars they are!


Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 3


Bio:

I am really looking forward to all the amazing topics that we are going to be learning about. I cannot wait to be a warrior!!! My favourite children’s book is "Percy the Park Keeper." I love all the different animals that Percy used to look after on the cold winter nights. I am very proud to be the owner of a dark blue VW Transporter, already been to Spain and France... I must admit, it is pretty cool.


Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 3


Bio:

I hope to have a happy and successful year with my class. My favourite children's book is You're A Bad Man Mr Gum; it's so inventive and funny. I am most proud of my two daughters who are both simply wonderful!


Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 3


Bio:

I am really looking forward to all the adventures, laughs and positive learning that will happen from September!

My favourite books are by Oliver Jeffers and I can’t wait to share lots of beautiful and interesting books with my new class.

I love living in North Devon and in my spare time my favourite thing to do is to get outside and explore the beaches, in and out of the water!


Responsibilities:

LSA Team Leader


Bio:

My hopes and dreams are for all the children I work with to enjoy their time learning and developing their skills for future years. I think my favourite book as a child was anything written by AA Milne, I really enjoyed the poems in the book Now We Are Six. I am so very proud of my husband and sons, I am very lucky.


Year 4

Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 4


Bio:

I am a keen rugby fan and am looking forward to the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Moving from Suffolk to North Devon has also opened up the opportunity to learn to surf, which is proving to be rather tricky. One of my favourite things to do is to have a relaxed BBQ on the beach with friends in the glorious British sunshine. I look forward to seeing everyone in September and hope you all enjoy the summer.


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Teacher: Year 4


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Teacher: Year 4


Bio:

I am really excited to be working in year 6 this year, we're a great team with a lot of energy. I'm looking forward to our fantastic topics, especially the Rainforest and our trip to the Eden Project.

My favourite book has always been Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I have a real sweet tooth so the idea of being in a factory surrounding by chocolate and sweets really appeals to me.

Over the past two years I have discovered a love for cycling. Every Saturday my sister and I take to the roads, rain or shine, and power up and down the many hills around North Devon. I was very proud last year when we took part in a cycling sportive and completed 100km!


Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 4


Bio:

I hope that every child in 4JA can fulfill their potential throughout the year ahead. My favourite children's book is "Not Bad for a Bad Lad" by Michael Morpurgo, a fantastic tale based around the redemption of a naughty child. I am most proud of joining a profession that i am very passionate about!


Responsibilities:

LSA Team Leader


Bio:

My favourite children's book of recent years has to be Michael Morpurgo's War Horse. It takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster.

I'm proud of my family and I hope to continue to do the best I can for all the children that I am privileged to work with.


Year 5

Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 5


Bio:

Outside of school, I can be found enjoying the outdoors. Whether armed with a camera, bike or wetsuit, I love exploring the countryside and appreciating what a beautiful part of the world we are lucky enough to live in.


Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 5


Bio:

I’m really excited about settling into school life in North Devon and hope for lots of fun and magic moments with the wonderful children in 5CN. I love Roald Dahl especially "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." I am very proud of how hard 5CN have been working and am looking forward to having many more magic moments in the year ahead!


Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 5

Bio:

My wife, two children and I have recently moved to Devon from Worcester, to begin a whole new adventure before they start school in the coming years. Nothing quite helps me to relax as much as a BBQ in the garden with friends. Nothing quite causes my wife stress as much as me randomly opening the cook book to rustle up one of my “surprise specialities.” Always a disaster!


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Teacher: Year 5


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Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 5


Bio:

I moved to the UK from Australia in 2012 with my lovely wife. My favourite subjects are maths and music, but I also love doing science experiments. I have 3 favourite books, The Twits, You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum and the Strongest Man in Gundiwallinup – all because they are just so much fun to read. I am crazy about cricket and will talk, play or watch cricket for hours on end.
I also love taking my Labrador Hetty for walks and enjoying the beautiful scenery that North Devon has to offer.


Responsibilities:

LSA Team Leader


Bio:

So enjoying working with the current Year 5 children, especially in 5AV. Also taking the whole school for swimming lessons. One of my favourite children's books is Rumpus at the Vet (Hairy McClary). I have two children who I am very proud of ~ both working in the world of ICT ~ miss them both as they work away.


Year 6

Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 6
Literacy Coordinator and SCITT School Based Tutor

Bio:

My hopes and dreams for the year ahead is that it is a wonderful year full of laughter, special, memorable moments and a year of personal achievements for myself, my class and all those around me. My favourite children's book has to be The Lord of the Rings. Although not strictly a children's book, it is a story that brings alive what a human's imagination can ultimately achieve....with a little help from Hobbits! I am most proud of believing in myself to achieve the goals I wanted to aim for, such as going to university, travelling the world, becoming a teacher, learning to surf (still a learning curve!)snowboard and instruct SCUBA divers. Despite all these things, I am proud to know that I am learning everyday and each day presents new possibilities and goals to reach for.


Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 6


Bio:

I love teaching maths, especially when I make tricky areas like algebra lots of fun to learn! However, my biggest passion is reading (during a two week holiday I normally devour at least six books!) so I look forward to sharing my love of all things book-related with your children in September!


I was born in Devon and raised just over the border in Somerset so I am very much looking forward to moving back to the South West with my partner during the summer holidays. In my free time, I love to spend time with my beautiful house rabbit, “Bramble,” and to go running. I am hoping that I will be able to spend lots of time on the beach and to take up surfing in the near future (wish me luck!).


Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 6
Year 6 Head

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Responsibilities:

Teacher: Year 6


Bio:

For the year ahead, I hope to inspire my Year 6 class with my own love of learning. I hope we will discover some amazing writers together, become brilliant problem solvers in maths and, best of all, become super scientists! My dream is for more children to love science.

My favourite children’s book is “Fantastic Mr Fox” by Roald Dahl, as it shows the triumph of animals over humans and how amazing they are at survival. I love spending time with my very own clever little fox-like dog called Téa.

I am most proud of my two daughters, who teach me new things every day and keep me smiling. I’m also very proud to be teaching in such a fantastic school: my old Junior school!


LSAs

Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

I have worked with children since 1999. Its lovely seeing a few familiar faces around the school that I looked after as babies.

I hope the children have an enjoyable fun experience at school, positive memories like I have.

I have an eleven year old son that keeps me busy with his clubs etc. In my free time I enjoy camping and spending time with friends and family.

My favourite children’s book is The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. It was read to me as a child.


Responsibilities:

LSA Team Leader


Bio:

1) I wish for health and happiness to all my friends and family. I hope that I am lucky enough to carry on working within school, as it continues to challenge and fulfil me everyday. I also hope that this might be the summer I can finally learn to surf :D

2) I think that 'Where the Wild Things are' by Maurice Sendak is probably my very best book, I absolutely love it. I think I know all the words off by heart!

3) I am most proud of are my two children - Kya and Sonny. They are truly incredible.


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

My hopes and dreams are to continue working with children with special needs and to instill confidence and independence in them. My favourite children's book has got to be 'Stickman' by Julia Donaldson because I love the festive, happy ending after all the trials and tribulations he goes through! I am definitely most proud of my two lovely children.


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

My favourite children’s book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I have enjoyed working with children over the years. I hope that by giving them all the support we can they have the amazing lives they wish for.


Responsibilities:

Pastoral and Lunch time Coordinator


Bio:

My hope this year is to spend more time travelling with my husband now our children are flying the nest!

My favourite children's book is The BFG.

I am very proud of the 2 young men in my life - my sons


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

My favourite books are anything written by Roald Dahl especially "Fantastic Mr Fox".

I love supporting children in their learning and watching each individual develop.

I'm most proud of my truly, amazing three children. Two of them have been through Ilfracombe Juniors in their schooling years, my little one will join us September 2017.


Responsibilities:

Learning Support Assistant


Bio:

My hopes and dreams for the year ahead are to continue supporting children in year four and being able to experience them developing in confidence as the year continues.My favourite childrens book is the Snowman by Raymond Briggs as its about going on a magical adventure to the Northen lights with a flying snowman .I am most proud of my two daughters who always make me smile everyday .


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

My favourite children’s book has to be The Lion, The With and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. When reading this book you can really lose yourself in a magical adventure of wonder and excitement. I have really enjoyed reading it to my daughter too.

This year I hope to spend more time painting and being outdoors.

I am most proud of my daughter and watching her learning and growing.


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

I am enjoying my time working here at Ilfracombe Junior School and I hope that I can use my experiences to help and inspire all the children that I work with. My favourite children's books are anything by Roald Dahl, I love the little quotes that are hidden in there.

I am most proud of my nieces and nephews, who I spend a lot of time with outside of school, they always make me laugh and brighten up my day.


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

My favourite children’s books has to be the Harry Potter series. What an amazing imagination J K Rowling has.

To clear my mind I like to go walking in the countryside. Its good exercise and I always feel better for having made the effort.

What I like most about my work at school is the variety as I work in different classroom with children of varying abilities and needs. This makes my job very interesting.


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

My favourite books are the Harry Potter collection by J.K. Rowling.

My hobbies are walking and I completed a 26.2 mile walk through London at night for charity

I like spending quality time with my family and I am immensely proud of my four fantastic children who amaze and inspire me every day.


Responsibilities:

LSA Team Leader


Bio:

My hopes and dreams are for all the children I work with to enjoy their time learning and developing their skills for future years. I think my favourite book as a child was anything written by AA Milne, I really enjoyed the poems in the book Now We Are Six. I am so very proud of my husband and sons, I am very lucky.


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

This year I hope to make school a happy place to be for all the children I work with. My favourite children's book is Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman . The achievement that I'm most proud of in recent years has to be cycling fully loaded all the way to Spain from my house here in Ilfracombe. It was both a huge challenge and loads of fun.


Responsibilities:

Learning Support Assistant

Bio:

I am really excited to be back at Ilfracombe Junior School as a Learning Support Assistant. Having been away at University in Falmouth completing my BA and MA, I am happy to be home in Devon with my family and working in the school I attended between 1999-2003.

My favourite books are the Harry Potter series and The Twits by Roald Dahl as they were my favourite growing up. In my spare time I love to read, watch Films and write screenplays and short stories.


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

I love reading all the Roald Dahl books, especially Danny Champion of the World.

I am most proud of my children.

I hope to continue working with the amazing children that I see every day in our school.



Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


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Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant
Teaching Assistant

Bio:

My hopes and dreams for the year ahead would have to be that my two children are happy and enjoying life and that my son Max enjoys his last few terms here at the school.My all time favourite children's book is the Gruffalo's child :-).Re-locating from Oxfordshire to Devon three years ago and seeing my children adapt and settle so well into Devon life makes me very proud .


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Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


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Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


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Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

The mystery and magic of the Harry Potter series makes them my favourite children's books.

I am most proud of completing my degree in a subject that I love.

I hope to continue working with children, giving them all of the support and encouragement they may need.


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

I am looking forward to a very healthy, happy New Year and for everyone else too. My favourite childrens book is Charlotte's Web by E.B.White, a wonderful story that makes me cry everytime I read it! I am so proud of my two children. My daughter has just started University in London and my son has started college.


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Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

A big part of my hopes and dreams for the year ahead has already been fulfilled, and that is being a part of this amazing school.The second is for all the children i work with to feel Happy, Safe and secure. My favourite childrens book is CHARLOTTES WEB by E. B WHITE.Its a tale of how a little girl named Fern, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig from the usual fate of nice fat pigs. I am most proud of my family, my husband Steve and my two children, Sammy and, Maisie who are very special in more ways than one.


Responsibilities:

LSA Team Leader


Bio:

So enjoying working with the current Year 5 children, especially in 5AV. Also taking the whole school for swimming lessons. One of my favourite children's books is Rumpus at the Vet (Hairy McClary). I have two children who I am very proud of ~ both working in the world of ICT ~ miss them both as they work away.


Responsibilities:

Learning Support/Classroom Assistant


Bio:

My hopes and dreams for the year ahead are to continue to have fun and make the children I work with happy in their school enviroment. My favourite childrens book is anything written by Roald Dahl- They are all brilliant! I am most proud of working in a school and also working part time with children with special needs.


Office Staff

Responsibilities:

Administrator


Bio:

I'd like to make a garden chair from the sycamore branches in my garden. My favourite children's book is George's Marvelous Medicine, very mischievous and funny.I am still very proud of getting the largest array of solar pv panels in Devon for our school.


Responsibilities:

Site Manager


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Bursar


Bio:

I am hoping to make lots of savings on the new solar panels we are having fitted at our home although I am anticipating spending lots of time being cold and in the dark as my husband will no doubt be switching everything off! My favourite children's books were the Famous Five stories by Enid Blyton - George was my childhood heroine! I am very proud of my four children who are all amazing and surprise me all the time with the things that they do and achieve.


Responsibilities:

Clerk to Governors


Bio:

1) To continue to be as happy in life. 2) Favourite children's book - "Wind in the Willows" 3) I am most proud of my three children - all three of them are so different in their educational, recreational and social skills - but with encouragement and support from me, they each are beginning to thrive in their own ways and become their own person.


Responsibilities:

Receptionist


Bio:

I hope to travel and see more of the world. My favourite children's book is Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy. I am most proud of giving birth without any pain relief - twice!


Responsibilities:

Administrator


Bio:

Over the next year I would like to have more leisure time to allow me to revisit many of my favourite places in North Devon. My favourite children's book is Alice in Wonderland. The thing I am most proud of is my family - they bring me great joy!


MTAs

Responsibilities:

Meal Time Assistant


Bio:

My hope and dreams are for my grandchildren, that they continue to prosper and that the world they grow up in a better world. My favourite children's book would have to be one of Enid Blyton's, I used to love going to the library and taking out the latest Famous Five or Secret Seven books. I am most proud of my sons and grandchildren.


Responsibilities:

Meal Time Assistant


Bio:

I love entering crossword competitions and one day hope to win! My favourite children's book would be Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. I am most proud of my family and their achievements.


Responsibilities:

Meal Time Assistant


Bio:

To be a good mum and nanny to Matilda and my family


Kitchen Staff

Responsibilities:

Kitchen Team


Bio:

My hope for the year ahead is to give our children a holiday!

My favourite children's book is “Danny, the Champion of the World” by Roald Dahl.

I'm most proud of the way our children are growing into polite & happy people.


Responsibilities:

Kitchen Team


Bio:

My hopes for the year ahead is continued health & happiness.

My favourite children's book is “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl.

I'm most proud of my children!


Responsibilities:

Kitchen Team


Bio:

Ive been working as a MTA for nearly 11 years now,recently i have took the job as the school crossing patrol ( lollypop lady ) I am now working in the school kitchen.. my favourite books were the famous five.... I love playing bingo, and skittles.


Other Staff

Responsibilities:

Teacher: Specialist


Bio:

I am really excited about giving the children the opportunity to experience the awe inspiring outside classroom. And through a range of activities from story-telling to den building, and team games to sitting with a hot chocolate and a marshmallow; to begin appreciate each other and the world around them. My favourite children’s book; there’s a difficult question as these may change throughout the year. Any of the Roald Dahl stories and I really enjoyed the Harry Potter books, but I think the Mousehole Cat has to be one my all-time favourites. I am really proud of my adventures when paddling my kayak and canoes.


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Bio:

My hopes and dreams for the year ahead is to lose a few shots of my golf handicap! My favourite children's book is "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe." I am most proud of my wife and our amazing children.


Responsibilities:

Teacher PPA


Bio:

I am so fortunate to be able to work across the whole school in my role, and meet all the children and teach so many wonderful topics.

I am torn between two children’s books, both by Roald Dahl, which are George’s Marvellous Medicine and Danny the Champion of the World. Both take me back to my childhood when my Mum or Dad would share them with me. I have since followed this tradition on with my classes over the years.

I love the outdoors and being in North Devon is a dream. It allows me to explore the beach, enjoy the waves, walk the moors and coastal paths and take part in a whole host of other outdoor pursuits.


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Teacher PPA


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Teacher: PPA


Bio:

My favourite book as a child has to be The Jolly Postman! I loved taking out each of the letters, esepcially the birthday card with the money inside! I am really proud of my classroom and the class that I have. We have already shared some great times together and am looking forward now to Christmas and putting on our Panto!!


Responsibilities:

Assistant Head
Teacher: Specialist

Bio:

One of my favourite children's books is called 'The Whale Song' telling the story of a young girl listening to the music created by the whales out in the ocean. Music is a really important part of my life. I love playing the violin and creating music with every child at our school, singing together and exploring a wide variety of instruments in our amazing music room. I also enjoy being outdoors, walking on the beach and camping with my family. I feel incredibly lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area - something I will never take for granted.


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SEND Specialist

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IT Technician


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